Duterte: Big law firm may be behind 'onerous' contracts of water concessionaires

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2020 12:14 AM | Updated as of Feb 13 2020 12:15 AM

MANILA - A big law firm may be behind the “onerous” contracts between the government and water concessionaires, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday.

“Sino nagplano niyan? Ang nagplano niyan mga abogado. Ang nagplano niyan malaking opisina na law firm. They are the only ones who could do that. Government lawyers would never attempt,” he said in a speech during the induction of the newly elected Board of Trustees and officers of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.

“Ang gusto ko lang malaman, bakit ginawa ito ng mga p***** i**. That is why until now, I do not want to face them. Baka masampal ko talaga sila,” he added.

Duterte reiterated his threat to jail those behind the “onerous” deals with Maynilad and Manila Water, including former government lawyers.

“Lahat violation ng contract. But I have to include the government lawyers who did that,” he said.

“I am sure as a former prosecuting lawyer, graft and corruption ito. Sigurado ako... Just by agreeing that the water will not be treated as a natural resource, it is already a serious crime against sovereignty,” Duterte added.

The President also slammed a former senator who claimed there was nothing wrong with the contracts.

“May isang former senator nagsabi wala man raw siyang nakita na mali. You know because he is an a**h***. He just to be --- want to be fashionable on the other side. Kaya papaano ma-correct natin ‘yan?” he said.

Duterte added that his economic managers will handle the issue on the water concessionaires.

“Of course may bagong mga negosyante, they will infuse… I do not know for what reason. Well, I am ready --- not me but ‘yung economic managers ko na lang. I refuse to talk to them,” he said.

“Itong ibang naiwan, talagang magbabayad sila. Sabihin ko you have been looking for the… “Where’s the big fish? Saan ‘yung hinahanap namin na big fish?” O I’m giving you Ayala and Pangilinan. They are the big fishes,” Duterte said.